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May Mobility Debuts First Driverless Transit Service

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May Mobility, a frontrunner in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology development and deployment, unveiled its inaugural driverless service for

Today, May Mobility, a frontrunner in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology development and deployment, unveiled its first driverless service for passengers on public roads in Sun City, Arizona. Utilizing the company’s exclusive Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM) technology, May Mobility’s rider-only vehicles will run autonomously on weekdays, with no operator in the driver’s seat. Sun City marks the initial step in May Mobility’s global initiative to introduce rider-only transit services in various communities, aiming to revolutionize urban transportation with accessibility, safety, and reliability.

“Today, we take the key step of beginning rider-only operations, a cornerstone for our commercial growth and expansion moving forward,” said Edwin Olson, CEO and co-founder of May Mobility. “We believe it is critical to work closely with our key strategic partners, regulators, insurers, and riders, as we roll out our technology step-by-step.”

May Mobility’s Multi-Policy Decision Making system is uniquely designed to solve the challenge of making safe driving decisions under uncertainty, including when the vehicle encounters an unknown scenario. MPDM runs real-time, on-board simulations to analyze thousands of possible scenarios every second, choosing the safest one to execute. This approach to autonomous technology makes May Mobility vehicles adept at handling edge cases and enables the company to scale more efficiently and quickly than would otherwise be possible.

“May Mobility has built a more scalable autonomy solution at a fraction of the cost of other systems of a similar maturity,” said Anna Brunelle, chief financial officer of May Mobility. “And as we continue to expand and improve our driverless operational design domain, we step closer to our goal of being the first profitable AV company.”

Before transitioning to its rider-only service, May Mobility vehicles began operating on public roads in Sun City with a safety operator in April 2023. The company launched its on-demand autonomous public transit service with TransitTech company Via, to serve the retirement community of Sun City and provide greater access to affordable mobility with shared, on-demand AVs. The service was designed to allow the aging population to gain increased freedom and mobility safely and reliably. The lessons from this service set the foundation for the transition to a safe rider-only service designed to meet the needs of the local community.

Through May Mobility’s first rider-only service, a select group of Early Riders in Sun City will have the ability to request a pickup in one of May Mobility’s Toyota Sienna Autono-MaaS vehicles from a variety of stops. The rider-only service will initially operate on public roads Monday through Friday in the afternoon and will be available at no cost to Early Riders.

May Mobility’s rider-only service will be powered by Via, the global leader in TransitTech, and will serve resident complexes, medical centers and other key locations. The Early Riders consist of a group of Sun City residents with varying transportation needs. Their feedback will play a pivotal role in shaping how the company continues to ramp up rider-only operations, keeping safety in mind at every step, and how AVs can be successfully used in public transit.

May Mobility expects to significantly expand its rider-only services as part of its plan to improve transportation across markets. Sun City locals interested in becoming an Early Rider may apply here.

May Mobility’s public sector go-to-market strategy is to partner directly with stakeholders like cities, transit agencies, municipalities and government agencies to identify gaps in current public transportation systems and solve real transportation challenges for communities. May Mobility’s shift to rider-only operations is a key next step toward accomplishing those goals.

SOURCE: May Mobility

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